Last Thursday after work, I decided to drop by a restaurant I haven’t been to in a while not only because I was craving some hickory smoked wings, but also for a visit. The restaurant is Blue Sage in Mississauga, and they’ve been open for business since February 1, 2007, and is owned and operated by chef Misha Djokic.
I first found out about the restaurant back in April 2007, back when I was a fresh-faced university/college student on a co-op work term in a company down the street. At that time, they specialized in fusion cuisine, which was very flavourful, and prepared without cutting corners. The food was simple and comfortable, but you knew from the preparation that the chef was skilled and was driven by a philosophy of providing excellent food using fresh ingredients, as well as combining flavours and styles that compliment one another.
Three years ago, chef Djokic decided to change the offerings in his restaurant to something that has become his passion, as well as something that’s quite a rare find in Ontario, especially west of Toronto. He had a few smokers custom-built and began to revolve his offerings around Southern Style Barbecue. Upon entering the restaurant, you will feel like you are in the Deep South with the relaxed atmosphere of the establishment and the mixture of hickory and hardwood aromas emanating from the kitchen.
As a starter, I ordered the 1 pound of Jumbo Smoked Roaster Wings ($10.95) marinaded in house spices and smoked with hickory wood. You have an option of either the Alabama White BBQ sauce or their original recipe Razorback Habañero Hot Sauce, which is available for sale in the restaurant. The wings were fall-of-the-bone tender, and the smokey hickory wood flavour was like a party in my mouth. Add a little dash of Habañero hot sauce provides a nice kick to an already great starter.
For my main dish, I ordered the Bedrock Lollipop Beef Ribs, 1 bone ($17.85) which came with a choice of two sides. I chose the honey hush corn bread and potato salad. The corn bread was warm, soft and perfect with butter. The potato salad was creamy with a hint of smokiness from the bacon. The rib was huge, like a dinosaur bone, and the mixture of hardwoods it was smoked in gave it a flavour that makes you feel like you can eat it very often. Overall, great Southern comfort food. Be sure to also try the brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, and unique selection of burgers. If you’re searching for some Southern heat in the True North, then come and check them out.
Corn Cob Rating:
Overall = 4.75 out of 5
Food = 5 out of 5
Service = 5 out of 5
Dining Space/Atmosphere = 4.5 out of 5
Value = 4.5 out of 5
Blue Sage Gourmet Eatery
980 Eglinton Avenue East, Unit 2
Mississauga, ON L4W1K3
Tel #: (905) 212-1441